Friday, March 25, 2016

An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen Fuller


An Unbroken Heart

By Kathleen Fuller

 

About this book


An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.

One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?

After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.

Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt.

Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.


My Review

Arguments with parents happen often, but Joanna Schrock never dreamed this argument would be her last. The accident that happened after the argument changed Joanna's life forever, in ways she never expected. Andrew, her beau since childhood draws closer
to Joanna, knowing her could have lost her in the accident. But is his marriage offer truly because of his love for her?

This was a most enjoyable story. I do not read a lot of Amish stories, but this one captured my attention, with the horrific accident and the heartbreaking happenings after. The story gets intense while Joanna is recovering, with Andrew hovering over her, and Joanna wondering if it was his love or his pity for him that he was acting in such a way.

This story was interesting enough to keep me reading. If you enjoy Amish stories, you will enjoy this one.
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About Kathleen



 

 
 
 
Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldn’t we? ~Audra Foveo-Alba
Just the facts…I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and now make my home in beautiful Geneva, Ohio. I’ve been married to James for 15 wonderful years (really, they have been wonderful!)  We have three terrific children, three dogs, and an overwhelmed cat. We have also raised cattle, pigs, and chickens at various times over the years. We would have gone into the goat business, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I started writing in 2000, and published my first short story a year later. Since then I have authored several short stories, novellas, novels, and have done a lot of freelance non-fiction work. I have also worked as an editor. I have a Masters degree in Special Education, emphasis on teaching the blind and visually impaired, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have taught all age groups ranging from age 4 to age 18. A few of my favorite things: my relationship with Christ, chocolate (of course!), autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don’t take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, NFL football, and did I mention chocolate?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family

Amish Christmas at North Star:
Four Stories of Love and Family


One night four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania.
Rebekah’s Babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, a possibility of love, and the wonder of Christmas.

Guiding Star
by Katie Ganshert

Curiosity gets the best of Englischer Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world?

Mourning Star
by Amanda Flower

Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents’ fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac.  Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jesse, an angry Englischer, or someone else?

In the Stars
by Cindy Woodsmall

Heartbroken Kore Detweiler avoids North Star after Savilla Beiler rejects his love.  But when he is unexpectedly called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together.

Star of Grace
by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark

Andy Danner left North Star to join a new Amish settlement in Mississippi. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in a reclusive widower’s life.

My Review

Amish Christmas at North Star is four short stories; Guiding Star, by Katie Ganshert, Morning Star, by Amanda Flower, In the Stars, by Cindy Woodsmall and Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark  and Emily Clark. One snowy night in November 1990 was a night Rebekah Schlaback would never forget. Four young ladies gave birth that night, and Rebekah's only help were the nervous father's to be. Each of these four stories are about these babies that were born, 25 years ago. As you read these stories, you will find many twists and turns, secrets, disappointments and happiness in the lives of these four people and their parents. This is a great book, one that can be read around the Holiday's but can also be enjoyed at anytime during the year. My favorite time to read it was on a snowy night here where I live. It just made the story more interesting!


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An Amish Market by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, and Vannetta Chapman

An Amish Market by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, and Vannetta Chapman

 

Description
 
All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!

Love Birds by Amy Clipston
While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?
 
A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller
Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?
 
Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin
Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.
 
Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman
Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.

My Review

An Amish Market is four Novella's by four great authors, chunked full of the Amish lifestyle, love in an Amish community and character that you will attach yourself to. Each of these stories are contemporary romances Amish style. The stories in An Amish Market is; Love Birds by Amy Clipston, A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller, Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin and Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman. Each story was fun and entertaining, the characters are believable, you will find a glossary of German words to help understand the story better, and group study questions to talk about in your book club. Books like An Amish Market are good for anyone who don't have the time to read full size books. Each of these stories can be read in a few hours. I recommend this book of Amish Novella's to anyone who loves to read!!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I expressed my own opinion in this review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.



I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Double Cross by Diann Mills

double cross

Double Cross
by Diann Mills
from Tyndale House

ABOUT THIS BOOK
FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.

As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

MY Review
This is a book for those who enjoy a good clean suspense, and full of thrills, chills, murder, and well, just a fast pace thriller that you will not want to put down until you read the last page. Scammers are on the loose, and they are targeting the elderly. FBI Agent Laurel Evertson and Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton join forces to track down who the guilty scammers are, leading them straight into the crosshairs of a killer. Can they trust this Wilmington who was arrested for a felon years before?
Double Cross is the kind of book I enjoy snuggling up to when I have lots of time to read, because I couldn't put the book down once I started reading. Following Agent Evertson and Officer Hilton on this journey to find out who is scamming the elderly people in the community will sure have you on the edge of your seats many times throughout the book. A lot of twists and turns happening in the story that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next! The characters were so realistic, and well developed, I begin to think of them as real people! Don't let this awesome suspense thriller get by you. Go out and pick up a copy of Double Cross today!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer

When Love Returns 
by Kim Vogel Sawyer


It wasn’t easy to move back to the Old Order Mennonite community from which quiet, responsible Suzanne Zimmerman was shamefully sent away as a pregnant teen. Returning twenty years later to take care of her mother, Suzanne and Alexa—the daughter she raised as her own—have spent months rebuilding relationships with her family.

Now with the upcoming wedding of their biological daughter,  Suzanne and Paul find themselves drawn to one another once again—but with new challenges to face. They have been single parents with painful pasts. Can Paul and Suzanne find the strength to rebuild the loving relationship that was torn apart by their teen pregnancy so long ago?

Suzanne must also let go of Alexa as she heads back to Indianapolis to visit friends--and as her chance to find her birth parents. Leaving the bed-and-breakfast in Suzanne’s apprehensive hands, Alexa embarks on a journey that will certainly change her life completely. Can mother and daughter trust God to restore all things in His timing?


My Review

This third book in The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy was just so very good. I loved the entire series, but this book just pulled everything together. Suzanne makes peace with letting Alexa be her own person and do what she feels she must, and just maybe Suzanne and Paul can find new life between then that once was.
Kim Vogel Sawyer does a really good job of developing the characters even stronger and keeping the plot flowing with intensity and just enough questions to keep us reading. I couldn't put this book down because I had to find out the ending of this great series. I strongly suggest that you pick up a copy of When Love Returns, and check out the first two books in this series as well.
I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and post a review. The opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack

 NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack

Published by Zondervan

devotional pack

Book Description

Bestselling The Beginner’s Bible brand pack for young readers that includes the complete New International Reader’s Version Holy Bible, and 365-day devotional.
This pack contains a hardcover full-text Bible and a softcover 365-day devotional.
Based on The Beginner’s Bible brand, the NIrV Beginner’s Bible, Holy Bible is a perfect first Bible for a child. With easy-to-read print and full-page illustrations, children will better understand stories in Scripture. Using the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV), this Bible pairs beautifully with The Beginner’s Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions to encourage lifelong Bible reading habits. Simple connections to Scripture make the content relevant and understandable for young readers. Each of the 365 devotions has a theme to which the Bible passage, story and art relate. The NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack is a perfect starting point for children as they develop a stronger relationship with God, to cuddle-up with parents or enjoy at church or daycare.

My Review

My first thoughts when I saw this Bible/Devotional set for children was Wow! This Bible is a full test and the devotional is short and sweet, just the right length for kids. And I like that older kids can read this for themselves. The Devotional is 365 days of the year, so its a good way to teach your child to read the Bible and Devotional every day. Its simple yet very effective.
If you are looking for a new Bible and Devotional for your child, this is the one to check out.  I received this book from BookLook BLoggers to read and review.The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Lazarus Awakening DVD Study Pack: by Joanna Weaver

Lazarus Awakening DVD Study Pack:
 
by Joanna Weaver
Lazarus AWaking dvd study set
Journey to the Tomb of Lazarus…and Hear Jesus Call Your Name
Mary worshiped. Martha served. But what did Lazarus do to experience Jesus’s lavish love?
Filmed in the Holy Land, this DVD companion to Joanna Weaver’s book Lazarus Awakening explores the incredible truth that Jesus loves us apart from our works or our worthiness. He wants to call us out of our tombs and into friendship with Him.
Designed for use with the book and companion study guide, this three-disc DVD Bible study is formatted for both individual and group use, with content suitable for both men and women.
·         In-depth Bible study: Features eight 15- to 17-minute video sessions.
·         Bonus “Israel Moment” videos explore the life of Christ and the Holy Land.
·         Designed for use with the study guide and book.
·         Leader’s guide, promotional material, and retreat format included.

MY REVIEW

If you are looking for a really good Bible study, look no more. This study based on the life of Lazarus is one of the best I have gone through in a while. Joanna Weaver clearly does a lot of detailed research before writing this study, bringing a study system that will not only teach you Biblical principles in a unique and easy way, but you have the benefit of a DVD, one that is filmed in Israel, taking you to another Land to enjoy during this study.

I received this book from Bogging for Books to read and review. The opinions here are mind, I am giving my honest thoughts on this DVD set. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller

A Reluctant Bride  by Kathleen Fuller

Book Description

When tragedy strikes an independent Amish woman, she must accept a marriage proposal from the man she vowed never to marry.
As the oldest daughter in an Amish family, Sadie's life was mapped out since the day she was born. She would join the church, marry an Amish man, and eventually she and her husband would take over her family's store. But when her parents unexpectedly die in a buggy accident, her life goes into a tailspin. Determined to keep her parents' legacy alive, Sadie works harder than ever to provide for herself and her younger sisters.
However, the bishop is unwilling to let a young woman manage the property and business all on her own. He gives Sadie two choices: marry his son, Aden, or relinquish the business and land to the community. Not willing to give up on her dream, she weds Aden, resigning herself to a loveless marriage.
But while working with Aden at the store, Sadie realizes he isn't the same boy who had betrayed her in the past. In fact, she begins to look forward to the time they spend together, getting to know the man with a kind heart and gentle smile. Just when Sadie starts to let her guard down and perhaps develop feelings for her new husband, several dangerous secrets are revealed. Now everything Sadie has worked so hard to protect is threatened, and she must find a way to save her family-and herself.


My Review

I enjoyed this Amish fiction. I had to feel sorry for Sadie because she was forced to marry someone she didn't love because of the strict rules of the Bishop. Kathleen Fuller does another wonderful job writing a wonderful book full of excitement and twists and turns. The tension with Sadie and her difficult decision grips the hearts of readers because of the situation she has had to face. In a heartbeat, her parents were taken from her, changing her life. Marrying Aden is not what she wants to do, but working with him in the story was not as bad as she expected. Ms. Fuller handles the situations well, she has a way of keeping readers interested and coming back for more. I highly recommend this book, and especially if you enjoy Amish.
I rec'd a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review. The opinions here are only mine.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NIV Faithgirlz Bible By General Editor Nancy N. Rue by Zondervan


NIV Faithgirlz Bible 
By General Editor Nancy N. Rue
from Zondervan

Book Description

Bestselling NIV Faithgirlz! Bible with a fun, new magnetic closure binding.
This special binding of the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible offers a trendy and unique magnetic closure. Packed with exciting features that help tween girls better understand themselves and Scripture, the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible teaches girls that the Bible is real, relevant, and, best of all, that the story of God and his people is also their story. With in-text features written by tween expert Nancy Rue, the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible uses the bestselling New International Version (NIV).
Features include:
Book introductions-Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book Dream Girl-Use your imagination to put yourself in the story Bring It On!-Take quizzes to really get to know yourself Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?-See for yourself what you have in common Words to Live By-Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing What Happens Next?-Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words Oh, I Get It!-Find answers to Bible questions you've wondered about The complete New International Version (NIV) Features written by bestselling author and tween expert Nancy Rue.


My Review

This is a beautiful Bible, inside and out, and any young lady would love and appreciate having this Bible to carry around. I love the bright purple and blue colors, and the little owl is adorable. The magnetic flap is a really nice addition, because it helps to protect the outside pages. There are several neat things in this Bible, the Bring it own helps by giving quizzes to help understand what you have read, and other features that help young ladies with their spiritual life. How fun to be able to compare your own self to characters in the Bible. This is an adorable feature that I really love. This Bible has a lot of features that will help teen girls study their Bibles, find help in their Christian lives, helping them grow as they read their Bible.

A copy of this book was provided to me free for my honest opinion. The opinions here are mine only.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Heart’s Home By Colleen Coble


A Heart’s Home  

By Colleen Coble



Book Description

This Christmas, a tragic loss at Fort Laramie ushers in hope and healing.
When a young mother dies after giving birth at Fort Laramie, Emmie Croftner is shaken by the death of her dear friend-and reminded of the dangers of childbirth. She won't be able to hide her own pregnancy much longer. She's dreading the day that Isaac Liddle, the handsome soldier she adores, discovers her secret.
Then the young infant's father offers a solution: Emmie should marry him so the child can have a family.
With the Sioux Wars threatening soldier and civilian alike, a ready-made family could be the answer to Emmie's prayers for safety. But at what cost to her heart-and Isaac's?



MY REVIEW
I have been reading this series of short books since they came out a few months ago, and have really enjoyed them. Ms. Coble's books are full of interesting drama and I really like her writing. I hate seeing this series end, its been a fun few months looking forward to the next book in the series. The drama continues in this story as Emmie is hiding the fact that she is pregnant with Issac's child, and she is dreading having to tell him the news. But can she trust Isaac to find a solution that will work for all of them? Since the book is so short, I don't want to give any of the plot away, so I will tell you to go and pick the last installment of this great series. You will not be disappointed!


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How to Tie a Tie: A Gentleman's Guide to Getting Dressed by Potter Style

How to Tie a Tie: A Gentleman's Guide to Getting Dressed
by Potter Style
 
 
 
 
 
Is there enough information about a tie that could fill an entire book? Well I was gently surprised when I read this book. Just going shopping, or seeing the ties men wear tells you that there are oodles of different kinds of ties! But this book takes that a step further. In this book you will find the basics of finding the right tie, the right colors, fabric, design for certain occasions, tying the tie the correct way, and many other interesting things about the perfect tie to wear.
 
This is a smaller size book, so it can perfectly fit in a pocket, or carrying case, just in case information is needed. But this little book not only tells you all about the ties you wear, it helps with other aspects of being well dressed. You will also find out how to match the perfect cufflinks to the perfect shirt, fold those little pocket squares that look so neat in that right pocket, and many other tips and tricks to make sure you are the best dressed guy you can be to succeed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I hope you will go out and pick up a copy for yourself! You will be pleased with what you find here in How to Tie a Tie.
I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Heart's Promise by Colleen Coble from Thomas Nelson

A Heart's Promise
by Colleen Coble
from Thomas Nelson
 
 

Reviewer's Guide

Please consider reviewing A Heart's Promise only if you have read the other titles in the A Journey of the Heart series.

Book Description

A rival threatens Emmie's budding romance with Isaac.
At Fort Laramie, soldier Isaac Liddle determines he will court and win Emmie Croftner's hand. Though courting seems improbable for a woman in her condition, Emmie begins to care deeply for Issac and chafes as Jessica Dubois sets her bonnet for him.
When Jessica learns of Emmie's secret pregnancy, she blackmails her. With the Sioux Wars raging outside the safety of Fort Laramie, Emmie knows she cannot lose Isaac. But will he reject her-and her child-if he learns the truth?


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Emmie has a secret that she definitely doesn't want Isaac to know about, because she doesn't want to loose him. This makes for a lot of twists and turns in this very short story. This is book 5 in A Journey of the Heart Series. I enjoyed reading the continuation of this story, the characters and setting is already familiar, and the plot is somewhat set. As with all Colleen Coble books, this is a wonderful read and a wonderful series. I enjoyed each book, but I think reading all of these short book at once would be better because you don't have to wait to see what the next few chapters give.


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About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton

The Wood’s Edge 

 by Lori Benton



ABOUT THE BOOK
At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?
The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.
On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.
When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Wood’s Edge, go HERE.


MY REVIEW

I am a fan of historical fiction, so I wanted to review this book, and this is my first read from Lori Benton, so I had a double treat. Ms. does an amazing job describing the historical setting. And this setting was especially interesting for me because I love reading books about the very beginning of America, during the 1759 to 1776 era. It was interesting to read about people who were actually there. And event though this is fiction, the way Ms. Benton writes the story, describing each scene in full detail, it made me as a reader feel like I was experiencing these times with these great characters. And I loved the characters and felt with them as they went through so many difficult trials. And I especially appreciate the love, redemption, forgiveness, grace and peace of our Lord so very well explained in this story. People who do not attend church or read their Bibles may read this book, and they will sure learn about Jesus.
A copy of this book was given to me to read and review, and post an honest review.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lori Benton spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband, Brian. Lori’s first novel, Burning Sky was nominated as an ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist and also received double nominations for 2014 Christy Awards. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is her second novel.

NIrV Study Bible for Kids

NIrV Study Bible for Kids 
Published by Zondervan

NIrV study bible for kids

Description

An updated study Bible with an all-new design for kids ages 6-10 using the NIrV written at a third-grade reading level.
The bestselling NIrV Study Bible for Kids starts early readers ages 6-10 on the rewarding path of reading and studying God's Word. This Bible uses the complete text of the New International Reader's Version® (NIrV) which is written at a third-grade reading level and is perfect for those learning to read. With colorful artwork, easy-to-read Bible text, and fun features, kids will engage with the Bible in a way that makes it stick.
Features include:
  • Presentation page for personalization and gift giving
  • 32 full-color pages include illustrations to bring Bible characters and events to life plus helpful study information about the Ten Commandments, how to become a Christian, prayer, and more
  • Check It Out: sketches and descriptions of what life was like in Bible times
  • Brain Game: questions to help kids remember important Bible themes
  • Soak It Up: great verses for kids to memorize
  • Book Introductions: brief overviews of each book with an outline of key events
  • Dictionary: Bible words for quick reference
  • Map section
My Review
I think this is a really cool Bible for kids, and its a study bible. The inside looks like a kid, with the color pictures, the Soak it Up, which includes verses kids will remember, Brain Games, all kinds of neat stuff throughout like, The Ten Commandments, on a cool color page, Options A B and C to help you remember better, Color pages with all about Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and so much more. There are so many neat tools in this Bible your child is going to love it! The cover and the inside just says Kids! What better way to help a child want to carry and study their Bibles than to give them one they will like to carry and study.
I rec'd a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan Publishers for an honest review.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forrest By Melanie Dickerson

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forrest
By Melanie Dickerson

from BookLook Bloggers

The Hunters of

Book Description

Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region’s most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the gamekeeper.
Jorgen is the gamekeeper for the wealthy margrave, and he is in pursuit of the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave’s game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea that at night she is the one who has been poaching the margrave’s game.
Odette is caught up in a ring of black market sellers of poached animals. She thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. However, most of the animals are being sold by the greedy leader of the ring-her stepfather. When Odette discovers what he is doing, she threatens to expose him, putting herself in great danger.
The gamekeeper finds her poaching one night and shoots her, wounding her. When he realizes who she is, he hides her to keep her from being executed by the margrave and also to protect her from her stepfather. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the black market poaching ring . . . as they fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his gamekeeper is protecting a notorious poacher?


About the Author
Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

 
My Thoughts
 
Swan Lake and Robin Hood sounds like a fun and interesting story in Melanie Dickerson's new Medieval Fairytale, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forrest. This was a little different from the books I usually read, but I did enjoy reading this tale. The characters are very well created and developed, and a plot that keeps you guessing at times with the twists and turns throughout the story. Even though this book is written as an adult medieval fairytale, I think teens would enjoy this book as well.
 
This book was provided by BookLook Bloggers for me to read and review. The opinion here are mine, and I was not expected to write a positive review.

 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell, from Bethany House

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Like a Flower in Bloom
He Stole the Work She Loved.
Will She Let Him Steal Her Heart as Well?
It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future--the only proper future for a woman--is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar.

Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society--a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion.

Things aren't perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She'll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she's most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?

Where Truth Lies by by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

Where Truth Lies
She loves her friends and students in the West, but family obligations have called her home. Where does she truly belong?
After a year of teaching in the Canadian West, Beth Thatcher returns home to her family. She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday--a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the United States. Hoping to reconnect with her mother and her sisters, Beth agrees to join them, but she quickly realizes that things have changed since she went away, and renewing their close bond is going to be more challenging than she expected.

There's one special thing to look forward to--letters and telephone calls from Jarrick, the Mountie who has stolen her heart. The distance between them is almost too much to bear. But can she give her heart to Jarrick when it will mean saying good-bye to her family once again--and possibly forever? And will she still want to live in the western wilds after the steamship tour opens up a world of people and places she never imagined?

Then comes a great test of Beth's faith. Someone in her family has trusted the wrong person, and suddenly everything Beth knows and loves is toppled. Torn between her family and her dreams, will Beth finally discover where her heart truly belongs?

A companion story to Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart TV series!

Amish Promises by Leslie Gould


 

Journey Down a Quiet Lane in Lancaster County Where Love and Heartache and Friendship and Healing Meet
When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they're looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can't imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys.

Eve Lehman has run her brother's household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim's a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she's drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they've quieted down until Joel's single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve's attention--a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.



Leslie Gould

Leslie Gould

Leslie Gould is the author of the bestselling Courtships of Lancaster County series and coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught...
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Deception on Sable Hill The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series by By Shelley Gray

Deception on Sable Hill
The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series
by By Shelley Gray  



Sable Hill

The World’s Fair is nearing its end, but the danger in Chicago lingers.
It’s mid-September of 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago’s wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball.
Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society’s restrictions, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe-even if he can never earn her affections. .
Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World’s Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa’s and Sean’s romance blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come tumbling down?
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Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website at Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray


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My Review
Eloise Carstairs life is ruined because of an assault she suffered at the hands of Douglass Sloane, a high and mighty from a wealthy family in the Chicago area. But Eloise is afraid to mention the assault, because she doesn't want people to know, her parents would never accept and understand it, especially her mom, who is more interested in what it seen on the outside, not her feelings. When Detective Sean Ryan, comes into her life, she sees another side of life, because Sean is from the rugged side of Chicago, a place Eloise has never ever known.  Eloise realizes that life is more important that dinners, parties, fancy dresses, servants, and the wealthy way of living, and decides to do what she can to help those who don't have much in life. But she has to be careful because a killer is on the loose, and this killer seems to be after the wealthy young ladies in this Chicago area. Sean will do everything he can to protect Eloise, but will his protection be enough?
 
You will enjoy this clean and fun mystery from Shelley Shepard Gray, along with the twists and turns that make this story one that you just cannot put down. I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
 
 
 
 



Thursday, March 26, 2015

PUYB Presents Healing Ruby by Jennifer H. Westall

Healing Ruby 3Title: Healing Ruby
Author: Jennifer H. Westall
Publisher: Jennifer H. Westall
Pages: 369
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Format: Hardback/Paperback/Kindle
Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the age of thirteen, she’s already lost a younger brother to illness, and now faces
losing both her father and the boy who’s stealing her heart to illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved Scriptures, she prays daily for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her father’s death.
Through her pain, she’s able to connect with her long-lost Uncle Asa, who’s mere presence at his brother’s funeral brings murmurs of a scandalous past involving her parents and a prominent local pastor, Irwin Cass. When Ruby discovers that one of Asa’a many secrets is an ability to heal, and that she may be next in line for the “gift,” she vows to find the faith that has eluded her so far, a faith that could mean never losing loved ones again.
But faith and doubt can’t reside in the same heart, not according to her father, and doubt is Ruby’s constant companion. As she struggles to find the true meaning of faith, she’s opposed at every turn by the pastor who would see her family destroyed and a community that can’t see deeper than the color of one’s skin. Through her search for a faith that could move mountains and a true understanding of her gift, can Ruby trust in a God that may require the ultimate sacrifice?
“A fast-paced story that will leave readers wondering what’s next for Ruby Graves. This soulful, often poignant novel explores difficult subjects such as death, racism and religious hypocrisy, while still remaining hopeful. One of its greatest strengths is its cast of well-drawn secondary characters, including the…vengeful preacher who tries to thwart Ruby at every turn. Ruby’s unlikely friendship with a cast-out African-American woman and her child is a particularly bright spot in this often heavy novel.”
– Kirkus Reviews


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
What an amazing story, and I love the setting being in the 1930's! Ruby was a special young lady, always willing to help those in need. Ruby's life of heartache and disappointments in life leaves her with a passion and love for people, even so far as leaving out her own needs to help others. I love the feisty and determined spirit Ruby has in this book, and I appreciate the author sharing the faith that was so strong and evident in Ruby's life.
This is my first book by Jennifer H. Westall, and one I thoroughly enjoyed! The characters were well created and developed so well as the story unfolds. I found myself wrapped up in the middle of the characters several times as I was reading. Healing Ruby will have you sitting on edge because you want to finish the book to see what happens! Since I don't like giving away a lot of the book, I'll not go into details about it, but I will say that it is full of twists and turns that make the story fun and interesting. I am really looking forward to more books for this author! I want to encourage you to pick up your copy of Healing Ruby for many hours of enjoyment and fun entertainment!
I received this book from PUYB to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hope Crossing: The Complete Ada's House Trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall

Hope Crossing:
The Complete Ada's House Trilogy
by Cindy Woodsmall
 
 
 
 
Description
Hope Crossing…where Ada’s House stands as a haven for weary souls looking for kindness, faith, and second chances.
 
The Hope of Refuge
Two very different women are pulled by their strongest desires. Deborah Mast joined the Amish church and longs to marry her fiancĂ©, but he is changing. Cara Moore is forced to look into a life that was meant to be hers. Will Ada’s House help them realize their hearts’ desires or will it force them to accept what life has done to each of them?

The Bridge of Peace
Living out her passion for teaching, Lena Kauffman’s work is suddenly interrupted by a series of pranks and accidents targeted toward her and her students. When tragedy strikes her dear friend Grey Graber’s family on school property, the school board begins to blame her for the trouble. As grief and confusion take their toll on Grey and Lena’s friendship, they are both forced to face a new reality that may offer the peace and love they each long for.

The Harvest of Grace
Fleeing a terrible mistake, Sylvia Fisher dedicates herself to saving the failing Blank farm. When prodigal son Aaron returns, he is surprised by this unusual farmhand who opposes all his plans. Will Aaron and Sylvia’s unflinching efforts toward opposite futures mask the bigger picture—a path to forgiveness, grace, and the promise of love?

This three-in-one collection includes the entirety of the best-selling Ada’s House trilogy, now at a new low price!
      
 
My Review
Hope Crossing is an amazing three in one book from Cindy Woodsmall. This is Books one, two and three in this fabulous series. If you enjoy Amish fiction, Ms. Woodsmall's books are an absolute must! And this series is a great way to start. I appreciate that this author creates real life situations for her characters, leaving out nothing that we face in everyday life. And its all written in this fun, exciting, entertaining three books! There is so much to say about these stories, but I don't know how to start without giving any of them away, so I will just stick with what an
awesome series Ada's House Trilogy is, and really encourage you to pick up this book and read and enjoy.
I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

An Amish Cradle By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Vannetta Chapman

An Amish Cradle

By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Vannetta Chapman
Published by Thomas Nelson


Book Description

In the Father's Arms by Beth Wiseman Ruth Anne Zook is excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne's baby is born with Down Syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God's plan.
A Son for Always by Amy Clipston Carolyn and her husband Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child. A teenager when she had her son Benjamin, Carolyn still feels obligated to work to secure Ben's future, even though Josh adopted Ben. She struggles to realize that Josh will love and protect both of their children equally.
A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller Ellie's mother loves to meddle in her personal life-especially now that Ellie's pregnant. Since Ellie is blind, her mother worries that she won't be able to handle the baby. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in. Just as everyone reaches the breaking point, a miracle draws them closer to each other and to God.
An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman At 42, Etta thought her time of having children was over, but she's pregnant again. She goes into labor during a blizzard, and complications with the delivery raise fear. Etta struggles to accept Gotte's wille for the baby and her son, David, who moved away two years earlier in search of what he would do with his life.


MY REVIEW
Four really good books by four awesome authors! One thing I enjoy about these four in one books is that they are short, and each story can be read in one setting! Or if you don't have a lot of time to read, this would be an awesome book for you.
And these are four heartwarming stories about four Amish pregnant women, each having their own struggles. You will sure fall in love with each of these characters, wanting to read more about their families and their new babies! Bottom line, when the stories are Amish, and the author is one of the above authors, its a win-win read!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.



About the Authors
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story.
Amy Clipston is the best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. She and her family live in North Carolina.
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield.
Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Murder Tightly Knit By Vannetta Chapman from Zondervan

Murder Tightly Knit By Vannetta Chapman from Zondervan

Murder Tightly Knit 

By Vannetta Chapman

murder tightly knit
Book Description
When a local Amish man is found dead, the Middlebury Amish Artisan Village comes under suspicion. Two amateur sleuths—one Amish, one English—will have to work quickly to keep fear from dividing their community.
As fall blankets the Pumpkinvine Trail with leaves of brown, gold, and orange, a local Amish man is found dead on the path. The only clues to the murderer’s identity point in two very different directions—toward the local survivalist group and toward the Amish Village—specifically the village’s knitting shop, The Cat’s Meow. The police call in a federal investigator, and he quickly puts everyone on the suspect list. Amber Wright and Hannah Troyer know who isn’t guilty—they know this community down to the last buggy, but can find the guilty party before someone else is in danger?
While Hannah helps Amber solve the mystery, she and Jesse Miller continue courting. But when Jesse’s prodigal brother returns to their farm, Jesse becomes distracted by family troubles. He and Hannah will have to overcome the tension in order to keep their relationship alive. And Amber and Hannah will need to work quickly to solve the murder mystery and bring harmony back to the Amish community.
 
 
 
My Review
Middlebury Amish Artisan Village is in a tailspin because someone was murdered in this little Amish community, and finding out whodunit may not be that easy. But Amber Wright and Hannah Troyer are going to try their best to find out the criminal, to keep Middlebury Amish Artisan Village calm and in order.  But who can stay calm where there has been a murder?
Vannetta Chapman is one of my very favorite authors, and I am really enjoying this new series! I love that she takes a quite little Amish community and stirs up trouble, making the story an Amish tale with a twist! As I read this book, the characters started feeling like friends and family, and I really wanted to find out who left this body in the beautiful fall leaves of this community. Ms. Chapman keeps you in suspense and for me, that means keeping my nose in the book until the very last page! You do not want to miss this exciting new series from author Vannetta Chapman, and while you are checking out Murder Tightly Knit, don’t forget to check out the first book, Murdered Simply Brewed!
I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
 
 
About the Author
Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. In 2012 she was awarded a Carol Award for Falling to Pieces. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.

A Woodland Miracle by Ruth Reid

A Woodland Miracle

by Ruth Reid


Book Description


Grace feels like she can't measure up to those around her, and Ben could use a good dose of humility.

In their small northern Michigan district, where women outnumber men three to one, Grace doesn't believe she will ever attract a husband, especially with her limp. Tired of struggling both emotionally and physically, Grace is ready to see the specialist in Ohio, even if it means going against everything she's heard about God's grace being sufficient.

Ben Eicher is a young man from Pinecraft, Florida, whose carefree ways have caused him to lose his father's respect-again. According to Ben, though, life shouldn't be so serious that it suffocates all the fun. When he is sent to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to get his life back on track, he never thought it would mean working alongside a woman-especially a hardworking one like Grace. The last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her.

Meanwhile, the Amish community becomes entangled with two potentially dangerous men on the run. When Ben discovers Grace has been kidnapped, he sets out to find the woman who has captured his heart and risks his own life when he attempts to lure the captors away.

Grace must learn that God's love is sufficient, and Ben is left to ponder whether he belongs back in Florida, or in the northern woods-with Grace.

About the Author

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.


My Review

Grace is single, and she plans to stay that way because the women outnumber the men so much, there is just not enough guys to go around! But then two handsome unknown guys show up on Grace's family doorstep, and well, could this change things for Grace? After all she does have a disability that she is not willing to talk about to strangers.  But then Ben was something different to look at!

I like the way Ms. Reid puts two guys from a somewhat liberal Amish community in Florida in the middle of a small northern Michigan district, in the forest. Way back in the sticks. They were for sure not use to working as hard as their Amish Michigan friends, but they wouldn't let anyone think they wouldn't up for the task.

They story line got a little weird with the two dangerous guys and the man hunt with Grace and Ben. At first, it was pretty entertaining, but then as the chase kept going on, and on, and on, I really got bored and there was a lot of fast reading to skim over it. All in all, it ended up with a good ending, so I am glad I read it.


I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NASB Note-Taker's Bible Published by Zondervan

NASB Note-Taker's Bible  
Published by Zondervan
 
 

Book Description


Finally, a hardcover Bible that has plenty of room for taking notes during public or private worship, small group fellowships, or any other time or place readers feel the need to make comments in their Bible. No more cramped writing in tiny margins—the NASB Note-Taker’s Bible makes it easy to stay organized and neat. Readers will be able to personalize the text of God’s Word to their lives like never before and will treasure it as a record of their spiritual journey. Includes the complete text of the popular New American Standard translation.

Features:

  • Deluxe wide margins for note takers
  • Complete NASB text
  • Double column text for easy reading
  • Words of Christ in red letter
My Review

This is a great Bible for many reasons, but mainly because you have plenty room to take notes, right in your Bible so you will always have them with you. I am a big note taker, so this is just the Bible for me. I appreciate the extra wide margins that give me extra room to write notes or extra scripture that goes along with the text. And I like seeing the Words of Jesus in red letter. That is not in a lot of Bibles for adults, and it just makes me smile when I can pick out those precious words right away because they are red. The Hardcover, is another nice feature of this Bible. And if you enjoy the New American Standard translation, you have it here.

All in all, this is a really good addition to your Bible collection, or if you are looking for a Bible to carry with you all of the time, this is great for that too. I encourage you to check this Bible out, and see what you think about it. I hope you like it as much as I do!  I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible Explore the King's Love for His People on a Cover-to-Cover Journey Through the Bible

NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible
Explore the King's Love for His People on a
Cover-to-Cover Journey Through the Bible
 
 

Book Description


A new read-through-the-Bible Bible divided in manageable portions and featuring deep and relevant devotionals that bring readers close to the heart of God.

As they journey through the Bible from cover to cover, readers will appreciate how the NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible will help them through tough spots such as Numbers and Leviticus while giving them deeper understanding of the Scriptures and connecting them with the heart of its Author. Readers will experience rich insights into the original contexts of Scripture, and God's heart will be unveiled in new ways.

This Bible includes 365 engaging devotions to serve as your tour guide, walking you through Genesis to Revelation in manageable portions. Each devotion includes a summary section of the Scripture passage, an application section that reveals God's good heart, and an insight section that ties each passage into the rest of God's great story.

As you experience God's Word through this devotional Bible, you'll see his divine fingerprints from beginning to end, even in the most unexpected places. And you'll encounter a deeper, fuller picture of the Jesus you thought you knew.

Whether you are starting out on your first steps or a seasoned traveler, let the NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible open your eyes to God's good heart. Join him in his story. And experience a more intimate walk with him.


My Review

I have enjoyed reviewing Bibles for the past few months. I like different versions of the Bible, as well as the different Study Bibles. Each study Bible, thought they are somewhat alike, they have different devotions, and different study tools. In this Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible there are 365 devotions that are centered around verses and devotions that reveals the heart of God. These devotions along are enough to want to purchase this Bible. And the Bible is beautiful, inside and out. This is a good Bible for you if you like Study Bibles.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall
a love undone


A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.
A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.
How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?
At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.
Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.
As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God’s guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?
 
 
 
 
My Review   The little Amish community supported and admired Jolene for giving up her life and marriage and taking on the job of raising her family after both parents were killed in a buggy accident. But it wasn't easy, and she had to take on a cleaning job to help with the expenses, along with help from family and those in her community. After ten years, and most of her siblings grown, Jolene meets Andy Fisher and sparks begin to fly between them. Sparks both good and bad because they didn't get along with each other, get there was something there that both didn't want to admit at first. But then Andy was out of the marriage ring because his wife had left years ago, and the Amish rules are, once married, always married unless death parts a couple. Which I think is a pretty harsh rule, but then I am not Amish. I did feel sorry for both Jolene and Andy, because life just wasn't being fair to either of them.

Cindy Woodsmall does a really good job of pulling this story together, weaving all of the difficulties and problems and giving it a real nice ending. This is an awesome story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Amish!

This book was given to me by Blogging for books and their blogging program. The opinions here are mine, and mine alone.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.




About the author
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written fifteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three Amish fiction writers.
She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.
Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.